Pair allegedly set car on fire for insurance money

SHERMAN – Two Sherman residents have been charged after allegedly setting a fire to claim insurance money. Kenneth W. Brightman, 27, and Terri L. Seekings, 46, both of Route 76 were arraigned Friday in connection with the Feb. 21 fire.

According to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, one week after the vehicle fire they were advised the fire was intentionally set for insurance money. An investigation led to Seekings, co-owner of the vehicle, who allegedly conspired with Brightman to have the vehicle’s interior burned to benefit from insurance money. The investigation found Brightman was the one who allegedly intentionally set the vehicle on fire.

Brightman was arraigned on charges of third-degree arson, a class C felony, and fourth-degree conspiracy, a class E felony. He was sent to the Chautauqua County Jail in lieu of $2,500 cash or $5,000 property bail. Seekings was charged with third-degree arson and fourth-degree conspiracy. She was arraigned and released on her own recognizance.

Dunkirk Police Department

Julio Torres, 41, of West Doughty Street was charged with failure to stop at a stop sign and failure to yield the right of way at a left turn on May 30.

Jose Santiago, 34, of East Fifth Street was charged with second-degree harassment on May 30.

Rolando Castro-DeJesus, 40, of Central Avenue was charged with petit larceny on May 31.

Nicholas Watts, 22, of King Street was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct on May 31.

Matthew Buchanan-Ruiz, 22, of West Second Street was charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, second-degree obstruction of a governmental administration and third-degree criminal tampering on Sunday.

Devonte Chandler, 22, of East Courtney Street was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, open container and littering on Sunday.

Walter Churchwell Jr., 40, of Antelope Street was charged with second-degree harassment and second-degree criminal contempt on Monday.

Donte Chambers, 21, of Deer Street was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief on Tuesday.

Fredonia Police Department

Jonathan Jaszczak, 21, of Lambert Avenue was charged with petit larceny on May 29.

Michael Matos, 27, of Porter Avenue was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation after a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Day Street and East Main Street on May 30.

Danielle Braun, 28, of Central Avenue was charged with petit larceny and possession of a hypodermic needle on May 31.

Alissa Leftler, 20, of South Dayton was charged with petit larceny on a warrant on Sunday.

A 17-year-old Seymour Street resident was charged with petit larceny on Tuesday.

Darin Butts, 45, of Temple Street was charged with petit larceny and criminal obstruction of breathing on Tuesday.

Alicia Eppinger, 35, of Summer Street was charged with second-degree harassment on Wednesday.

Tyler Elsesser, 28, of Summer Street was charged with criminal obstruction of breathing on Wednesday.

Erie County Sheriff’s Office

NORTH COLLINS – Tanya A. Vanevery, 21, of Brant was charged with driving while intoxicated, failure to maintain lane and unsafe turn on Thursday.

At 1:15 a.m., deputies stopped Vanevery’s vehicle on Milestrip Road. Vanevery was found to be allegedly intoxicated during the traffic stop. A breath test revealed her blood alcohol content to be .12 percent.

A passenger in the vehicle, Landon W. LeRoy, 20, of Perrysburg was found to be in alleged possession of marijuana during the traffic stop. He was subsequently charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. Both were released to appear in court at a later date.